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The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) (formerly known as the Metro-Dade Police Department (1981–1997), Dade County Public Safety Department (1957-1981) and the Dade County Sheriff's Office (1836–1957)) is a full service metropolitan police department serving Miami-Dade Countymarker's unincorporated areas, although they have lenient mutual aid agreements with other incorporated municipalities, most often the City of Miami Police Department. The MDPD is the largest police department in the Southeastern United States, with approximately 4,500 employees. The Department is still often referred by its former name, the Metro-Dade Police or simply Metro. Miami-Dade Police officers are easily identified by their taupe/brown colored uniforms. Miami-Dade Police vehicles are identified by their green and white livery. MDPD officers carry silver badges, while officers with the ranks of sergeant and above carry gold badges.

The MDPD operates out of nine district stations throughout Miami-Dade County and several specialized bureaus. The MDPD is internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies ( CALEA), as well as at the state level by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation ( CFA). The current director of the department is Robert Parker,[310795] who succeeded Carlos Alvarez, the current mayor of Miami-Dade County. The Department's headquarters are located in Doral, Floridamarker.

History

The Dade County Sheriff's Office was created in 1836 to serve the newly created County of Dademarker, which originally consisted of the area comprised by thepresent-day counties of Miami-Dademarker, Broward, Palm Beachmarker and Martinmarker. In the early years, the entire area was policed by as few as three deputies on horseback, and Dade’s sheriffs were appointed by the Governor. In 1899, the office of the sheriff became an elected position. By 1950, the jurisdiction area had been reduced to its present size of approximately 2,139 square miles.

In 1957, the metropolitan form of government was established, and the Dade County Sheriff's'Office was subsequently renamed the Public Safety Department. The Public Safety Department’s organizational structure, as determined by the Metropolitan Charter, included responsibility for police and fire protection, the jail and stockade, civil defense, animal control, and motor vehicle inspection. In 1960, the Public Safety Department also assumed responsibility for police operations at the Port of Miamimarker and Miami International Airportmarker.By 1966, the Public Safety Department had approximately 850 sworn officers in its ranks. Thatyear a long-standing controversy over the selection/election procedure for choosing a countysheriff was resolved by voter mandate. Subsequently, non-elected sheriffs were appointed by theCounty Manager as "Director of the Public Safety Department and Sheriff of Metropolitan DadeCounty."

In 1973, the responsibility for running the County’s jails was transferred to the newly createdDepartment of Corrections and Rehabilitation. By that year, the Public Safety Department hadalso been divested of all other non-police responsibilities in order to concentrate entirely on lawenforcement services. In July 1981, the Public Safety Department was renamed the Metro-Dade Police Department. In September 1997, voters decided to change the jurisdiction’s name toMiami-Dade Countymarker. In December of the same year, the Metro-Dade Police Department wasrenamed the Miami-Dade Police Department.

On September 13,2007 four Miami-Dade Police Department officers were shot by a subject with an AK-47, resulting in the death of one officer, Jose Somohano. Another officer suffered a serious leg injury. The suspect, Shawn Sherwin Labeet, fled the scene but was found in an apartment complex later that day. He was cornered in a poolhouse bathroom by members of Miami-Dade Police Special Response Team (equivalent to SWAT), and was shot and killed when he refused to drop a pistol he was holding.

Organization

The new MDPD Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor design.
MDPD provide law enforcement services to eight districts stations throughout Miami Dade County:

  • Northwest Station (1)
  • Northside Station (2)
  • Midwest Station (3)
  • South District Station (4)
  • Kendall Station (5)
  • Intracoastal Station (6)
  • Airport District Station (7)
  • Hammocks Station (8)
-Agricultural Patrol Section

Contracted Municipalities
  • Town of Miami Lakes(1)
  • Village of Palmetto Bay(4)
  • Town of Cutler Bay(4)


Demographics

Breakdown of the makeup of the rank and file of MDPD
  • Male: 78%
  • Female: 22%
  • White: 43%
  • Hispanic: 39%
  • African-American/Black: 18%


Ranks and Insignia

  • Director/Sheriff - 4 gold stars
  • Assistant Director - 3 gold stars
  • Division Chief - 2 gold stars
  • Major - gold oak leaves
  • Commander - 2 gold bars with diagonal black stripes
  • Captain - 2 gold bars
  • First Lieutenant - 1 silver bar
  • Supervisor - 1 gold bar with diagonal black stripe
  • Lieutenant - 1 gold bar
  • Master Sergeant - 3 gold metal chevrons over 3 gold metal rockers
  • Sergeant - 3 silver chevrons
  • Corporal - 2 silver chevrons
  • Police Officer - no rank insignia


All rank insignia are worn on the collars of the shirt, except for Sergeant and Corporal, which are worn on each sleeve, below the department patch.

Specialized units

  • Administrative Unit
  • Arson Unit
  • Auto Theft Unit
  • Aviation Unit
  • Bomb Squad
  • Citizens Volunteer Program
  • Civil Process
  • Communications Bureau
  • Community Affairs Bureau
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime Stoppers - (305) 471-TIPS
  • Critical Incident Logistics Section
  • DARE
  • Economic Crimes
  • General Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Homicide Unit
  • Internal Affairs
  • Intelligence Bureau
  • K-9
  • Marine Patrol
  • Media Relations Bureau
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Mounted Patrol Unit
  • Personnel Management Bureau
  • Police Legal Bureau
  • Public Corruption Investigations Bureau
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Crimes Bureau
  • Special Patrol Bureau
  • Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT)
  • Training Bureau
  • Underwater Recovery Unit
  • Vice


In Popular Culture

Miami-Dade Police is the law enforcement agency depicted in the television shows, films, and video games:

See also



References

  1. Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers


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